A FUNDRAISING effort in memory of Kieran “Lally” McColl is on track to raise more than £10,000 for epilepsy charities - thanks to the “magnificent” response of the Stone community, his family say.
Parents Denise and Lawrence McColl say they have been “overwhelmed” by the response from friends of the popular 21-year-old and also from complete strangers since their son died in a tragic accident in May.
Kieran was diagnosed with a mild form of epilepsy at the age of 13, and the family decided that after raising money for a memorial bench to him they would donate any surplus to help other people coping with epilepsy.
But that “surplus” is now looking huge - as people throughout the town have got behind the campaign, titled Lol4Lally, which has its own Facebook page and Twitter account.
Friends started off by selling Lol4Lally wristbands, and are organising a series of special events.
A team of eight friends of Kieran, supported by three drivers, completed the Three Peaks Challenge last weekend, climbing the three highest mountains in Britain.
The climb was the brainchild of Stuart Jarvie, 22, who lives hear the McColl family on Stone’s Saxifrage Estate.
“It was tough going - but it was really worthwhile,” he said.
Colleagues of Mrs McColl, who works at Stone’s Smarty’s Nursery, are organising a charity car wash on July 12, while on July 13 a group of friends are travelling to Manchester to take part in a fundraising bungee jump.
A five-a-side football tournament is planed at Alleyne’s Sports Centre on July 27, starting at 11am.
And on August 23, a group of Kieran’s friends will be daring to bare all by staging a Full Monty performance at Stone Cricket Club.
The fund-raising campaign is scheduled to end on September 21 with a family fun day at the cricket club.
“The support we are getting is incredible, and we can’t thank everyone enough,” Mrs McColl said. “It is not just all those giving up their time to take part in special events - one elderly lady donated £5 from her pension.”
Meanwhile Mr McColl’s workmates in the Heavy Products division at JCB, Uttoxeter, organised a whip-round which raised £250.